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A Few More Reflections

You’ve seen some of these if you’ve been a follower for awhile.

Some favorite reflections.  The weekly challenge prompted me to continue to search the archives for a couple of reflections I wanted to share.

 

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Swimming at Ohio State Natatorium

 

 

penguin reflection

Blue jeans in the glass of the Penguins exhibit at the Columbus Zoo

 

 

 

subway train reflection

From the subway on the way to Coney Island

 

 

church reflection

Church reflection in the Thai Kitchen table- Bloomfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sidewalk reflection

Red lights reflected on the sidewalk- Market Square Downtown Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

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Me in the Mail Chute at the City County Building.

 

 

 

 

mary reflection

 

 

 

 

 

Mary in NYC with buildings in the sunglasses lenses

 
jack reflection

 

Jack’s reflection in a puddle.

Jack and Maura at the Columbus Zoo


Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Abandoned.  

Defined:

left without needed protection or care

left by the owner

no longer held or thought of : given up

 

Not to be confused with lost.

WordPress’ Cheri Lucas Rowlands posted the challenge with a great example of the interior of an abandoned building.  It’s apparent that I stick with exteriors.

 

Old School House near Okanogan Washington

Old School

 

 

 

Old School

shot from the road

 

boarded up

 

Boarded up in Wilkinsburg PA

 

 

 

Smith Mountain Lake Virginiaabandoned boat

 

 

 

 

 

near Okanogan Washington – mailboxes still in place on the right

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Conneaut Amusement Park  PAconneaut amusement park

 

Old bathtub at Conneaut

old bathtub

 

 

chair on the sidewalk

                                                                                             New York City Chair and Hanger

Photograph taken near school one afternoon.  abandoned umbrella


Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio -Three Rivers

Threes.  Many things come in threes. It’s a strong number- a favorite number of many.

Still on the theme of three with a triptych story with the suggested 3 pictures will be coming in the near future……………

Thanks Mark for this thought on the Three Rivers even though the stadium by that name was demolished in 2001

(see implosion below)

Panorama from the Duquesne Incline platform

Panorama from the Duquesne Incline platform

Allegheny River on the left

Monongahela River on the right

Forming the Ohio River at the triangular point!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition.  I read the definition twice.

Michelle W. at the Daily Post  says Unexpected Pairings.

Looked through the archives and found these for the gallery. It did mention “abstract” and I think mine are more “concrete”

 

walk and sit

 

Pittsburgh Marathon  -Walk and Sit

 

wood and chain llnk

wood branch in chain link fence

 

 

 

fish

 

One orange amidst the others Smith Mountain Lake Virginia

 

 

truck and car

 

 

 

 

boats and pirates

Old boat and pirates, new boats and boaters

 

 

healthy tastes good

New York City Garbage

 

 

scaffolding on St Patricks

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Scaffolding

 

lego and real world

Lego world- real world   Rockefeller Center New York City

 

 

beatlesOk a bit of a stretch    but when I was scrolling through, George caught my eye

 

 

splint and leg

 

Splint and leg

 

 

anna and monkey

Anna and the sock monkey

 

porta pot garbage truckThought the weekly photo challenge was exactly that- a CHALLENGE


Watch The 1st Step!

 

 

Saw this sign last Sunday in Columbus Ohio.

 

Columbus Ohio Building

 

Captured with iPhone.

Stopped at a red light on our way to grab lunch at Hill’s Market, before Matthew took off-  return to  Zagreb

 

Watch First Step

 

Good advice.

 

 


Old Homestead and a Stone Chimney Via Marlene- Hardy, Virginia

It’s a Guest Blog today. This gallery could be a good writing prompt, too.  You know there’s a story.  Probably more than one story.

And you know when someone sends me photos and they say they saw something and it made them think of me and the blog, it’s a nice feeling. Marlene (Erika’s mother and Mark’s MIL) wrote from Hardy, Virgina with the accompanying photos she took on a walk with Donald.
Glad you had your cell phone along on your walk, Mar.

 

“We saw this fireplace chimney in the woods so we ventured up the hill.  There was a stone outline of where the old homestead was.  There were a bunch of mason jars all over so we figured kids with moonshine would sit around the fireplace and drink.   Way behind the chimney we saw another old house.  So we walked through the leaves to the other house.”

Chimney in the Virginia Woods

 

 

 

 

old Virginia Homestead

 

 

 

 

old house

 

 

 

 

side of old house

 

 

 

old house interior

 

 

 

 

old house interior

 

“After checking out the side of the house I walked around to the front door and there I saw the front door was padlocked.  

It was so funny because the exterior wall was missing on the side.”

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Thanks Marlene for the gallery of the old Homestead in Virginia,

Ruth E

 


Windows Gallery 6

Last windows gallery for the week.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing these views.

9th street bridge through a parking lot window

 

Ninth Street Bridge from the Parking Lot

 

 

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St.Luke’s Windows New York City

 

smokestack window

Smokestack Pittsburgh   Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh PA

MOMA window

 

Museum of Modern Art New York City

 

 

Motor Building

 

Motor Square Garden Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

musical window

 

Greenwich Village Window with a Treble Clef

 

 

nyc windows

 

From the Rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

 

 

Muddy Boot in the Loaner Car

A muddy boot found in a loaner car at the Subaru Dealer  Murrysville PA

 

through a hotel window

 

From a Hotel Window                          (Before it was demolished ) Civic Arena and Old Train Station Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

 

warhol windows

 

Andy Warhol Museum from a Parking Lot and Close-Up of Windows

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kitchen windowReflection in a kitchen countertop   Columbus Ohio

 

 

 

power lines WindowPower Lines in Braddock Pennsylvania

 

 

suburban  windowThe Neighbor’s House in Ohio

 

 

hotel window

 

Marlene in a window

Marlene in a frozen window


Windows 3 – Connie, Esther’s Hobby, Olga, Poet’s House, Oakmont Bakery, View from a Bus

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge Theme: Windows

Making the theme last all week? I  photograph a lot of windows.

Here is another  gallery
Connie at ChumleysNew York City Chumley’s Historic Pub After the Fire

 

Esther's HobbyEsther’s Hobby Shop  Millvale PA

Olga Stained Glass

St. John’s Chrysostom Byzantine – Columbus, Ohio- St. Olga Window

 

 

 

Poet's HousePoet’s House New York City

 

Merry Christmas Window

Merry Christmas Window Pittsburgh PA

 

 

Brooklyn Bridge from Jane's Carousel

 

Brooklyn Bridge from Jane’s Carousel  Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC

 

 

conservatory Columbus

 

Franklin Conservatory Columbus Ohio

 

 

Flag and U of Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning on the Horizon from Arlington

 

 

Freedom tower

Freedom Tower from my sister’s apartment window

 

 

graduation party

 

Graduation Party Window

 

 

 

 

 

Rocking Horse WindowRocking Horse Penn Avenue Garfield Neighborhood Pittsburgh PA

 

Oakmont Bakery

Oakmont Bakery Oakmont PA

snacks in windowSnacks in the Window New York City

 

 

window dresserWindow Dresser New York City Fifth Avenue

 

 

Bus window

Bus Window on Field Trip


Night Light on the Holocaust Sculpture “Keeping Tabs”

I was wondering what I’d post following the dedication post  of the Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Holocaust Sculpture from yesterday.  Thank you for the thoughtful comments and for sharing it with those who were unable to attend.

And then the artist Elena Hiatt Houlihan called me Monday night to say she’d taken photographs of Keeping Tabs at night with a borrowed tripod.

She said to me, “You have to see it at night.  The light is beautiful.”

I was half asleep-

but after we hung up, I pulled jeans over my pjs,  threw on a coat and grabbed a hat.  I drove up Beechwood Boulevard to photograph the sculpture even though Elena had already left.   It was 10 PM.

My tripod was at school in my classroom so I took up a Swifter with a flat top pole to steady my camera.

No moonlight to help the effort.

As I got out of the car, I  saw the light reflecting off the six million pop tabs encased in the glass blocks. All was quiet.  It was moving.

I was all alone until a single figure arrived and entered the sculpture for a  time.

I tried a number of settings, shutter speeds, aperture and white balance, trying to get the best quality shot I could, given lack of tripod or remote cable.   It was in the low 40′s and I was wishing I had my tripod.  Night photography takes practice.

This post seems to complete yesterday’s photographic essay.  Good idea, Elena.

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and then too much light, blown out- but autumn colors in the surrounding trees

 

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keeping tabs at night


Coney Island Sign on a Doorjamb

Coney Island Signage  found on a doorjamb  (I love that word)-  NYC Summer 2013

BTW, How’s your handwriting?

 

YOUR HANDWRITING

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

Sounds like a cinch, doesn’t it?   From lines to patterns? Organic might have been a better route. Nature.bridge (1)

After reading about this week’s challenge and viewing some fellow bloggers posts, here’s my gallery.

It was suggested to go with the “tiled mosaic gallery” so I thought I’d try it.

 

 

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Fête Paradiso at Governor’s Island Via My Sister

My sister went to Governor’s Island (in New York City) today.

Mary sent me some photos from her phone. You know she and I have been to a couple of carousels this year… Jane’s and Coney Island

Looked like a fun blog post in the making!   She did just that!  Thanks Mary. Her phone isn’t a smart one yet although I think it’s time to upgrade.

Fête Paradiso -Vintage French Carousel and Carnival Rides from the late 19th and early 20th century have been on display every weekend this summer, some to ride, some just to admire.

Fete Paradiso

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all en FrancaisEn Francais

painted on tin

painted on tin

Carousel

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morning glory

Thirteen Stars on the Flag

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The city skyline as see from Governor’s Island

and there was an art fair going on as well

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Grove City Magnificent Tree

When you read tree I hope you didn’t start to snore z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z

After the football game, Steve said "Look at that tree!"

After the football game, Steve said “Look at that tree!”

 

And then as we walked to the car I said, “Steve, that is the same tree, backlit from the stadium lights!”

 

 

tree from front

Tried to find out the use of the building online with no result. Steve saw a sign that said
Mineral Hall?

 

I needed Frank Relle of Frank Relle Photography  in New Orleans to instruct me how to light up the building at night,  He is a master of night photography.

 

But it was a magnificent tree.

 

 

 

 

 


Rooftop Rodin

Rooftop Rodin

 

When I saw this man at work this morning,  Rodin’s sculpture of The Thinker came to mind. I had my camera at the ready for the 9th grade orientation.  Lucky day!

 


Happy 11th Wedding Anniversary- August 17th

On the church steps of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Polish Hill Pittsburgh PA.

A cool day today.  Not so on the actual wedding day 11 years ago. We went to 4 o’clock mass with the family.  Immaculate Heart of Mary Steps

My son Mark and his bride Erika and  Anna, Maura, Michael and Jack, on the church steps.

 


Just Past Midnight- Columbus Ohio

My son Mark drove me and my sister downtown so Mary could catch a 1:10 AM bus to DC to visit some friends. We’ve had a nice couple of weeks together, first in New York City and then with the family in Columbus.

After we dropped her at the Greyhound station, he drove me around the downtown area so I could get a few nighttime shots of the city.  The Ohio Statehouse- just a bit of it as I shot it from the car window. Had the 70-200mm Canon L series lens on the camera.  I should have gotten out of the car but we were on our way to take Mary.  I had envisioned flags flying as they had been the last time we drove by in the daytime, but not even a breeze.

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse (Greek Revival) Built 1839-1861

Christopher Columbus Statue

Christopher Columbus  in front of City Hall-  a 3-ton bronze statue- Uncrated Oct 10, 1955   A gift from Genoa

LeVeque Tower

LeVeque Tower- second tallest building- Art Deco with red white and blue lights on it tonight for the upcoming Fourth of July

The Palace Theater

The Palace Theatre

Eternal Flame

The Columbus Fire Department Memorial Eternal Flame 

The Santa Maria

(You hear about “noise” in a photograph.  This is a fine example of “noise”)

The Santa Maria in Battelle Riverfront Park on the Scioto River

Nationwide Building

City buses lined up headed north

Columbus Dispatch SignThe Columbus Dispatch Neon Sign across from the State Capitol Building

Thanks Mark for the just past midnight tour of Columbus downtown.


Boy on Stilts Early Morning New York City

Stilts are documented from  the 6th century BC in Greece.   Who knew?

 I’ve never walked on stilts, have you?

 I’ve seen them in a gym class somewhere along with a pogo stick or two.  And a clown in a circus when I was small.  

There were a bunch of people on stilts in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1979) in Savannah, Georgia as we just watched the stilts walkers in a Super 8 home movie (now on a DVD)  Wonder who sews those tall tall pants to cover those wooden poles.  

Watching the home movie, reminded me of this  stilts walker in NYC. Last Friday morning.

This was shot in the early morning on the way to the parking garage to pick up the car and drive out to Ohio.

Looked like he was walking on rooftops to me.

I had to look twice. Of course, it’s an ad on a building.    Not sure what they are selling. 

Canon 50mm 1.2 lens L series set at  ISO 100  f/5 125 

Boy on Stilts NYC


Tourists in Our Own City- Just Ducky Tours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday afternoon Steve asked me if I wanted to take that Ducky Tour we had seen last week when we were downtown at the Arts Festival.

After a moment’s hesitation I threw on some clothes and we went.  What a good idea.

Had to wait and hour and a half for the next available tour as the weather was great and everyone was out. We sipped a Yuengling at the Hard Rock Cafe and then made our way to the line that was forming at flag #3 for our boat.

We had a lot of fun. It was so enjoyable.  Especially the rivers part.  Steve said he would definitely go again.

Everyone looks at you as you drive past and then you all quack like a duck so if you aren’t in a cheery disposition or that seems too too corny, don’t go.  It was really funny and fun and I documented the experience with the camera.

The feeling of driving into the river and leaving land was really a cool sensation.  And now I know where to take the grandchildren when they come to visit the city.  They would love taking a Just Ducky Tour.

Did you see the movie Saving Private Ryan? the driver asked.

Just Ducky Tours Amphibious Vehicles HistoryDucky Tour Vehicle

 

All six boats drive off at about the same time, like a convoy

the driver's seat

 

 

 

 

 

Self portrait

 

Self portrait in the rearview mirror

 

 

 

Tour Guide Cait

 

Tour guide Cait finds some humor to entertain the tourists.  Us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sculptures at Station Square

 

Salvaged from a building? Who are these figures and what are they doing?

 

 

Smithfield Bridge

 

Historic Landmark Smithfield Bridge

 

 

Waiting for the Bus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Building Reflections

 

 

First you drive around downtown and see everything you know from a different vantage point.

 

 

PPG Plaza Fountain

 

PPG Plaza and fountain.

 

 

 

Man crossing the street

 

Looks like a character from a novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking Lot

 

Headed to find her car in the parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blimp and PPG

 

The Blimp and PPG building

 

 

Entering the Mon River

 

 

 

Driving down the Mon Wharf, right into the Monongahela River!

 

 

 

Fort Pitt Bridge

 

Underneath the Fort Pitt Bridge

 

 

 

 

Point Park Fountain

 

The fountain is working again.

 

 

 

Just Ducky Tour Boat

 

What a Just Ducky Tour Boat looks like on the river.

 

 

 

Just Ducky Tour

 

There are the companion Ducky Tourists.

We were on the Monongahela, The Allegheny and the Ohio Rivers. RIght at the point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driving out of the River

 

 

What it looks like when the amphibious vehicle drives out of the Monongahela River.

 

 

Just Ducky Tour

 

 

Right next to us on the road.  Watch that Baby!!!

Bicycles on Smithfield Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Back at STation Square

 

Returned safely to Station Square.

They told us NO one has had to use a life jacket in the 16 years of Just Ducky Tours.  I took some photos of people driving the boat and am emailing them their pic.

Quack Quack Quack!

 

 


Bronze Elevator Doors in the City County Building, Pittsburgh PA

Sometimes you see something on the fly-  take a quick picture and later you think, oh,

I should have taken a little more time, shot more views or gotten better photographs as you review what you captured.

I left these  photos the way I took them-  a bit crooked, a partial door- as a reminder to take my time and get the detail, watch the angle,

*note to self- take a few more pictures when you see something magnificent, unusual and interesting.  Take the entire door in the frame!

When we hung the art show at the City County Building downtown Pittsburgh, we were getting into the elevators and I took a couple of photographs of the bronze elevator doors.  You almost felt like you were in Florence.

 Henry Hornbostel was the architect of the building (and about fifty other building that are still in the city) but I couldn’t find who designed and sculptured/cast the elevator doors specifically.  They were amazing to see. Figures with earlier government buildings in hand.  Definitely need to get to the Carnegie Library for some detailed research but just look at the doors and think about how they don’t make buildings like this anymore. There’s a lot of history in the story of the doors that I don’t have at hand.  Details later.

Brass vs. Bronze the difference in the two metals information here

 

 

Elevators sign

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detail of elevator door

 

 

 

 

 

detail elevator door


City County Building Hosts Pittsburgh Carrick High School Art Show

Update:  5-13-13   

Just added this gorgeous  panorama photographed by Instructional Team Leader for the Fine Arts Department -Michael Dean.

Panorama Pittsburgh Carrick Art Show

 

 

The Pittsburgh Carrick High School student Art Show is hung and waiting for the Monday opening reception at 5:30.
Anyone who works in this magnificent building will get a sneak peek during the day. There were ten of us working most of the day Saturday to hang the art and place the tags by each piece.
Awards ceremony is Monday evening at 6:30 PM. Sponsored by CITIPARKS!

How about those Tiffany columns? The marble, the windows, the painted ceiling? And all the student artwork? Wow!

I can’t wait for the students to see their artwork on display in such a wonderful setting.

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There will be refreshments at the reception.

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Everything looks great!

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You have to see it in person to get the full experience.

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If you are in the city, please come see the amazing student artwork.
(Parking downtown gets cheap after 5)

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Remembering our mothers every day of the year

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

There’ve been a lot of directions in the challenges.

Up, down. Round. Forward. No inside out. Yet

this week it’s FROM ABOVE.  

I stand over garbage, see a lone glove on the road-

take a shot.  A single baby shoe in the gutter.

Weddings from a church balcony, the mezzanine.

Not often, though.  Directly above is rare, more likely above from an angled side.

Have they done sideways?  I like that movie.

Here’s my From Above Gallery, though not celestial.

At the wedding reception

Laura and James at Marjorie and Dan’s Wedding Reception.  Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

 

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Seventh (Andy Warhol) and Ninth Street Bridges taken from the Renaissance Hotel.  

 

 

At the Met in NYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

 

 

Shadows at School Entrance

Shadows at the entrance of school

Angie and John's Wedding

John and Angie’s Wedding

 

 

 

Franklin Conservatory Ceramic Tile

Franklin Park Conservatory Columbus OH

 

 

Siblings

 

Anna, Baby Jack and Michael  March 2007

 

 

Roberto Clemente Bridge

 

 

Roberto Clemente Bridge and PNC Park from the Renaissance Hotel

 

Last Year's Rose

 

 

Last Year’s Rose

 

French fries

French Fries on Carson Street

 

 

 

Porsche Engine

 

Porsche Engine

 

 

Batteries

 

 

 

 

Batteries from a week in digital photo class.

 

Dunkin Donut apron in the school parking lot.

Dunkin Donut Apron in the Parking Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Woke Up, It Was a Foggy Morning

In The Early Morning Fog

In The Early Morning Fog

My sister and I were on the phone and she  had just asked me about my seeing things to photograph and am I always on the lookout for a good photo and I said I think I take fewer pictures now, that I am not obsessing about getting a decent shot blah blah blah and THEN-

And when I got to the red light at the end of the Liberty Bridge  before the tunnel, I saw the fog enveloping the PPG building except for the pointy towers peeking through.

I opened the back window and took a quick shot.

On the way to school the next day I didn’t get a red light so no photo.

Day three!  A red light and another quick pick of the city without the fog.

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Pyramid of LED Lights on the Gulf Tower, Change with the Weather

Dear Blog Readers,  

Thank you for the thoughtful expressions of sympathy, your comments and emails yesterday, on the passing of Murphy the Airedale.  

It means a lot to the whole family to read such an outpouring of love, care and concern.  Your words offer comfort and understanding.   xxoo Ruth

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For years the Gulf Tower Building ( built in 1930) had a beacon that displayed the weather- red lights for fair  or blue lights for precipitation

Now The Gulf Tower has a fancy installation of programmed LED lights that change with the holidays, sporting events and  special occasions but still tell the weather at five minutes before the hour. The combination of lights can produce any color.

Designed by Cindy Limauro,  professor of lighting design at Carnegie Mellon University and husband, Christopher Popowich, partners in C&C Lighting LLC.

Read more: at the Post Gazette article with a chart telling how to”read” the lights.

From the Train Station

This  photo was taken  from my car window while waiting or my sister to buy her train ticket back to NYC at the AMTRAK station downtown.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Change.

Have you ever tried to?

Change your mind about something or someone?

Change-the  only constant of our lives.

Oh, you changed your hair.

“You’ve got to change, baby”

Change trains.

I have a friend who can change the subject on a dime.

Many people don’t enjoy change.

I can change a diaper. Four quarters for a buck.  Switch directions in the car when necessary.  Change lanes.

But change?

Really truly change.   Change my ways.  Change my habits.  Change my thinking?

Lots of people are worrying about Climate Change.

Subtle change, drastic change.

Here are some suggested change illustrations-

Hot Dog Vendor checks his supply of change.

Architecture changes over time.

The window dresser changes the window.

Waiting for the red light to change.

And you can always count on the weather to change,

the seasons to change-

although sometimes the pace is agonizingly slow.

 

Thanks to everyone who sent good words for the milestone 1300th post.  Now what?  Can’t change it up now, so here’s  #1301.

 

 

 

 

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This is a sad change- what it looked like about 7 years agoLunchbox New York City

The Lunchbox

 

 

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On the way into school Friday morning.  Steeler umbrella, daffodils, new green grass and a Spring rain NOT snow! A change for the better.

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